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CCA statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank

Dear colleagues and members,

CCA issued the following statement today in response to the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Growth plan must include strategy for swift flow of funds to be effective, says Canadian Construction Association 

Statement on the Growth Plan announced by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank

OTTAWA, October 2, 2020 – CCA members – 70 per cent of which are small and medium-sized, family-run businesses – have been asking for a clear, balanced, fair and flexible infrastructure stimulus plan as Canadians focus on pandemic recovery.

The growth plan announced on October 1 by the federal government and Canada Infrastructure Bank is a promising step towards securing jobs and boosting economic growth through infrastructure investment. In order for the plan to have the intended impact, there must be urgency in tendering the projects and a swift flow of funds.

The announced details of the plan do not mention support for certain essential parts of our infrastructure, like roads and bridges, which are in need of attention (as detailed in our Canadian Infrastructure Report Card). This infrastructure enables the flow of trade and, especially important at this time, the distribution of health and safety materials. Also, regions hard hit by the downturn in oil and gas also appear to be left out of the plan. We hope these oversights will be addressed.

We encourage the federal government to remain focused on getting tenders out, reducing red tape, and working with other levels of government on important infrastructure projects in all regions of Canada.

Our industry can help. We are committed to working with the federal government and the Canada Infrastructure Bank to make these investments a success.

If you have any questions or comments about this release, please contact our vice-president of public affairs, Rodrigue Gilbert, at rgilbert@cca-acc.com or 613-236-9455, ext. 432.

Best regards,

Mary Van Buren, MBA, CAE
President
Canadian Construction Association
1900 – 275 Slater Street Ottawa ON K1P 5H9
613-236-9455, ext. 414

Article by Lena Hogarth
October 6, 2020

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